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News Bar Foundation Holds 2010 Fellows Dinner

Bar Foundation Holds 2010 Fellows Dinner


The Nebraska State Bar Foundation honored two distinguished attorneys and a Federal judge and inducted 30 attorneys into Fellowship at its annual Fellows Dinner March 12, which was held at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Michael G. Mullin presented the Foundation’s Outstanding Legal Educator Award to Patrick J. Borchers, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Creighton University. Borchers was specifically recognized for his volunteer work, along with his wife Judy, as attorney coach of the Skutt Catholic High School Mock Trial team. The team has twice won the state competition and will represent Nebraska in the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Borchers was also cited for his outstanding accomplishments as Dean of the Creighton University Law School. In a statement read by Mullin, Creighton President Father Schlegel, lauded Borchers for “his passion for fairness and doing what is right” to support the University’s vision and mission. The Foundation’s Outstanding Legal Educator Award acknowledges momentous contributions to the field of legal education by a legal educator, a lawyer who volunteers his or her time to instruct, or a lawyer who serves in continuing legal education capacities.
Robert H. Berkshire, partner of Berkshire & Burmeister, was presented the Foundation Award by Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, Nebraska Supreme Court. This award honors exemplary service to the Foundation and is presented to lawyers who have made and continue to make a strong commitment to the goals of the Foundation. Berkshire has served the legal profession as an Assistant Attorney General and in private practice. He has been Chair of the House of Delegates of the Nebraska State Bar Association and has been on the Bar Foundation’s Executive Committee for eight years. He also a Fellow of The American Bar Foundation and served as its State Chairman from 1990 to 1998. In 2001, Berkshire and his wife established the Robert and Joanne Berkshire NSBF Fund, a permanent endowment to help finance the many program of the Bar Foundation.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on The Honorable C. Arlen Beam, Senior Judge, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals by The Honorable William J. Riley. This award recognizes significant contributions to the legal profession, to the Bar Foundation and to his community. Judge Riley paid tribute to his mentor and colleague, citing Judge Beam’s deep commitment to the law and justice, his willingness to listen, and his patient and brilliant analysis. He concluded his tribute by stating, “Excelling in all of his endeavors, including as student, Army officer, businessman, lawyer, judge, and family man, C. Arlen Beam truly is a man of great achievement. Judge Beam embodies the qualities for which the Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award was created.”

Fellows are chosen based on their integrity and character, legal expertise, public service and efforts to improve the legal system. According to Bar Foundation President Robert H. Berkshire, Omaha, “The Foundation exists to serve Nebraska citizens and its legal profession with innovative and creative programs to improve the administration of justice and fulfill the American vision of equal justice for all.”
The new Fellows inducted into membership are listed below:
  • Thomas L. Beam, Denver CO – Member, Hall & Evans
  • Timothy F. Clare, Lincoln – Partner, Rembolt Ludtke
  • Rodney M. Confer, Lincoln – City Attorney
  • Neil B. Danberg, Omaha – General Counsel, Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission
  • Richard A. DeWitt, Omaha – Member, Croker, Huck, Kasher, DeWitt, Anderson & Gonderinger
  • Steven J. Flodman, Lincoln – Partner with Johnson Flodman Guenzel & Widger
  • Senator Michael J. Flood, Norfolk – Partner, Jewell, Collins and Flood
  • Frederick D. Franklin, Omaha – U.S. Attorneys office
  • Korby M. Gilbertson, Lincoln – Member, Radcliffe and Associates
  • Edward D. Hotz, Omaha – Partner, Hotz, Weaver, Flood, Breitkreutz & Grant
  • David A. Jarecke, Lincoln – Partner, Crosby Guenzel
  • M. Shaun McGaughey, Omaha – Shareholder, Koley Jessen
  • Deborah D. McLarney, Omaha – Senior Regional Trust Manager, Wells Fargo
  • Janet L. Melchior – Kopp, Omaha – Vice Presidnet and Trust Officer, First National Bank of Omaha Wealth Management and Investment Banking Group
  • Wm. Lee Merritt, Omaha – Partner and Omaha Office Managing Partner, Woods & Aitken
  • Frank J. Mihulka, Omaha – Woods & Aitken
  • Roger J. Miller, Omaha – Member, McGrath, North Mullin & Kratz
  • Rochelle A. Mullen, Omaha – Cline Williams
  • Robert J. Parker Jr., Hastings – Partner Seiler & Parker
  • Michael W. Pirtle, Omaha – Director, Gross & Welch
  • Daniel M. Placzek, Grand Island – Partner, Leininger, Smith, Johnson, Baack, Placzek & Allen
  • Susan K. Rosburg, Omaha – US Bank
  • The Honorable Linda C. Senff, Aurora, County Judge, 5th Judicial District
  • Tijiuana R. Smith-Secret, Omaha – Sole practitioner
  • J. L. Spray, Lincoln – Partner, Mattson, Ricketts, Davies, Stewart & Calkins
  • Thomas P. Strigenz, Papillion – Public Defender, Sarpy County
  • Clarissa Suarez-Russell, Omaha – Privacy Officer, Pharmaceutical Technologies, Inc.
  • Michael L. Sullivan, Omaha – Partner, Baird Holm
  • Thomas W. Tye II, Kearney – Shareholder and President, Tye & Rademacher
  • The Honorable Kenneth J. Vampola, Fremont – County Judge, 6th Judicial District
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